New publications, March, 2016

Coming this March, The Eunoia Review will run two creative nonfiction essays, back-to-back.

carousel 2The Brass Ring originally published in Creative Nonfiction Magazine, the best journal in the field of creative nonfiction writing. I am so proud of my inclusion.

This was long before CNF went on-line. Something like 5,000 subscribers had access to The Brass Ring – which seemed awesome. At the time.

Farrah 2Are You There, Avatar? It’s Me, The 70s won the 2009 Richard Hugo New Works Competition. In addition to a prize of $500 – definitely respectable, in the world of literary prize money – Are You There, Avatar? was published on The Richard Hugo House website. For four months. Technically, it is still there, but even I can’t find it …

And I have a great respect for great writing.

I’ll let you know when the publications drop. Follow Farrah on this blog, or on Facebook, under the guise of Alle C. Hall.

In the meanwhile, check out The Eunoia Review.


Publishing Victory for Seattle Writer Wendy Call

Congrats in order!
Congrats in order!

Michigan Quarterly Review posted essay by Seattle writer, Richard Hugo House teacher, and friend of the show, Wendy Call. Read, I command thee!

PS. In every single Get Published class I teach, the whole class wants to know, “How do I know which are the good places to send?” Michigan Quarterly is one of the very good places.

Wendy Call is teaching Eight Keys to Nonfiction Prose (an eight-eight-week, online class) starting Monday, February 3. She has joined the roster of instructors at For more details about the class, visit

How to get nominated for “The Best American” Series 2012

Amy Bloom’s career launched by “Best American”

Amy Bloom’s career jumpstarted with consecutive publications in The Best American Short Stories. Six years ago, at the Centrum/Port Townsend writers conference, she told a group of us how it happened:

Bloom said she so hated the idea of rejection that she sent her manuscript to the smallest literary  magazine she could find: a women’s collective in Alaska. It became her first-ever fiction publication. They nominated her piece for Best American. 

First publication to Best American rarely happens. So rarely does it happen that Ms. Bloom said she didn’t like to tell the story as it disheartened many not-yet-published writers – especially when followed up by the fact that her second-ever piece published also got picked for Best American.

While few of us can craft a sentence in the way of Ms. Bloom, we can all get ourselves nominated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Series. You can nominate yourself.

Perhaps more advisable, you can get readers and friends to nominate you. The most effective would be to have an editor nominate you. So … ask.

Eggers: Best American Non-Required Reading

The end-matter of most volumes list the submission requirements (PLUG to buy last year’s edition). As e-mail submissions are not allowed, provide your nominators with hard copies of your publication, and pre-addressed and stamped envelopes.

Here are the editors, by book, for the 2012 Best American series:

  • The Best American Short Stories: Tom Perrotta (novelist)
  • The Best American Essays: David Brooks (New York Times op-ed columnist)
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (editor of McSweeney’s); introduction by: Ray Bradbury
  • The Best American Travel Writing: William T. Vollmann (author of 17 books)
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Dan Ariely (author of The Upside of Irrationality)
  • The Best American Mystery Stories: Robert Crais (best-selling mystery novelist)
  • The Best American Sports Writing: Michael Wilbon (co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption)

One more ‘Baseball’ comment for the road.

Reader responses continue to trickle in. Here is my favorite:

“A superb essay! It reads as if you’ve done what a writing teacher years ago called ‘taking dictation from within.’ Happy to share dysfunction and Judaism and a love for writing essays with you.”  -Julie Simon Lakehomer.

Very pleased.

I hope you don't need to buy this book, but if you do, buy this book.

[Added 8/3/10 because I am a vain, silly pig and because I have so much respect for the author]:

“Congratulations on so very much—your resilience, your mamahood, your return to writing. and this story. I loved: “Same life, new life. The jump to catch the one that should have been knocked out of the park; what they should have given me, what I found instead,” and especially the ending, your son’s words. Wonderful! I can surely identify with the later-in-life return to Judaism, quite late, in my early 50s when I became a Bat Mitzvah.” -Linda Blachman, Another Morning: Voice of Truth and Hope From Mothers With Cancer.

Latest essay a big hit! Subtitle: Readers respond.

Lovely responses to The Buddhism of Baseball, mostly from readers I don’t even know.  In order of appearance:

  • “You had me laughing, admiring your writing, and then getting all teared up. Sheesh, girl, you have some catastrophic writing skeels! OMG I wanna be you when I grow up. Even though I am unsubscribing from like every email I get, I signed right up, quick as a bunny, to receive your crisp and lively missives.”  Julie Genovese, Nothing Short of Joy.
  • “Nice essay. I’m still defragging. I must be running on motherfucking Windows.” Dave Gilbert.
  • “A great swirl of themes in a compact package. Fantastic.” Susan Barrett PricePassion and Peril on the Silk Road.
  • “Dear Alle: I gasped and choked at your last words. Wow. I do love your essay. Your thinking. Your persistence. Your survival. As I am yet another person wound up in the web of your ability to love, I am thankful.” Chris.

Two calls (national) and two books (local)

The Calls

The 2010 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents

“In addition to a full year of promotion, a $1000 prize will be presented to the Pen Parentis Writing Fellow at a public reading of the winning work of fiction on September 14, 2010 in Manhattan. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the fiction submitted for consideration. This fellowship is open to ANY writer- published or not- who is the parent of a child 10 or under.  Beginners encouraged and welcome.”

Full call here.

A “Food’s-up” heads-up from Creative Nonfiction

My favorite CNF source will be seeking new essays about what keeps us all going — food. Food you like and food you hate; subjects on sustenance of any sort. For the “full” call:

CNF (the magazine, not the movement) also seeks immortality.

The Books

Frances McCue (Founding Director of Richard Hugo House and Writer-in-Residence at University of Washington) has two books hitting the shelves as we speak.

  • The Bled is poetry, published by Factory Hollow Press
  • The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs is an essay collection in which Frances examines Hugo’s poems about Northwest towns to illuminate historical and environmental issues.

Frances has had an immeasurable impact on the literary scene in the Pacific Northwest. Let’s support her in kind at readings for The Car:

  • June 1 – Village Books (Bellingham)
  • June 9 – University Bookstore (Seattle)